~Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.~
Living in a developing country can pull you many ways. You can feel so much anger and frustration for the systems in place and so deeply saddened because of the massive divide between the “haves and the have nots.” Or you can go the other way and have such a deep sense of gratitude for what you have. I live in an apartment block and on the corner there are squatters, they have a small farm, a mobile restaurant and they live in a galvanized iron shed. They are the loveliest family and they have nothing, I would say they as a family live on $20-$50 per week, they work tirelessly, I see them up at 5am and at 9pm they’re still up selling their food. They always have smiles on their faces and they’re genuinely happy, they’re so welcoming and what they have they’ll give. We were communicating (I don’t speak Vietnamese) last night and having a laugh at her dog, they have a great sense of humor. I said to my partner, they’re truly happy because they accept their lot in life and they’re grateful for what they have, food, shelter, family, love and life. What more do we need? Today I’m grateful for all those things and more. Today will be a magical day filled with acceptance, health, happiness, diligence, laughter and love. .
Fruits: Pink and White Dragonfruit, Mangosteen, Rambutan, Mango, Passionfruit and Papaya.